Many of you know me. I often say that if you really want to know what non-political junkies are thinking and feeling, watch your local news, the evening news and the morning shows (Today, GMA etc). Not CNN, not MSNBC. Politics as sport is only for the masochistic. Most Americans aren't into it.
Well I'm here to report that the tide is turning against the teabaggers.
If you live in a non-eastern time zone you will WANT to watch what the most viewed evening news broadcast (NBC) reported tonight about the teabaggers (and other news).
I'll give you a spoiler summary below.
Lead story: Lower job loss and Obama's White House response. Financial correspondent reported as well. Good stuff.
NEXT UP: Teabag story.
YES they actually suggested that it's unclear whether the "outrage" is genuine or staged by Republican groups (yes they said "republican groups")
YES they show pictures of teabaggers with posters of Obama painted with a Hilter mustache.
YES they showed a progressive saying it seemed people were there to shout and not learn or ask questions.
YES they showed RUSH LIMBAUGH comparing Obama's health care reform logo to the Nazi "logo". They talked about it for a second.
YES even Chuck Todd seemed his old self when he mentioned that Gibbs was saying that the Nazi symbolism is just too far.
YES they actually mentioned that perhaps this might backfire on the GOP. YES they did. Those are actually the words they used.
I knew this would happen. I hate to say I told you so, but in this case, I'll gladly say it. This thing is flaming out and once again the GOP may be "overplaying their hand" (as Brian Williams and Chuck Todd speculated)
The next story was about the "very popular cash for clunkers program" being approved in the Senate.
The next was about the killing of the head Taliban leader in Afghanistan.
THIS is what people who have normal lives saw tonight. 10 MILLION+ of them.
The tide is turning and it's going to be a great month after all.
PS By the way, my local Tampa news broadcast was about the same. Only the Fox affiliate presented it as if it was semi-legitimate (at 6 p.m., anyway). The NBC affiliate was less "kind". I think decent Floridian broadcasters are embarrassed by these idiots.
PS 2: This morning on the Today Show (the most viewed morning show) there was NO mention of any resistance to health care reform or teabaggers. They DID however, mention the hostage release, the popular cash for clunkers program and the killing of the Taliban leader in Afghanistan (the lead story).